Argh! Don’t you just hate it when that happens?

I was just beginning to unscrew the screws that attach the worktop in the conservatory to the wall battens and draw unit that supported it when the rechargeable battery on my electric screwdriver died. I now have to wait until the battery is recharged to complete the task … which will take about an hour. As a result it looks as if the conservatory will not be cleared until it is dark … and I took all the light bulbs out of the light fittings in the conservatory earlier today!

Don’t you just hate it when things like this happen?


12 Comments on “Argh! Don’t you just hate it when that happens?”

  1. Chris says:

    That's why I returned to a plug-in electric drill. That happened too many times to me, too. Plus, you get a lot more power in the plug in types.

  2. Use a manual screwdriver Bob. You will find that it doesn't need batteries, just a strong wrist.

  3. Chris,

    I suspect that I may well have to buy a plug-in electric drill/screwdriver when I assemble the new conservatory fitted units and worktop. I certainly need to have something that I can rely on.

    All the best,


  4. Robertpeel999,

    Unfortunately the arthritis in my fingers makes using a manual screwdriver very painful after thirty minutes or so … and this particular job took quite a few hours.

    All the best,


  5. Fitz-Badger says:

    I guess I don't use my battery powered tools often enough. Every time I do want to use them they're never seem to have much power, if any.

  6. Fitz-Badger,

    I actually charged my electric drill/screwdriver last week, but it has been used so much over the past few days that I just drained all the battery power out of it. Luckily it only takes an hour to recharge … unlike my old one which takes at least six hours.

    All the best,


  7. Ditto, I have an electric screwdriver too but it always seems to be flat unless I use it straight after charging. Seems like everything conspired to prevent you from clearing your conservatory. Hope it all gets sorted soon.


  8. Colonel Scipio,

    The batteries on power tools do seem to go flat quite quickly if they are not used regularly. Luckily mine only let me down at the end … and I managed to get up early this morning to finish clearing everything except the washing machine and the tumble dryer out of the conservatory.

    With luck the workmen should be arriving in the near future to remove the old roof and to begin preliminary work on the installation of the new one.

    All the best,


  9. That's why I never do DIY!

  10. Legatus Hedlius,

    I avoid it myself whenever I can … but sometimes it is just unavoidable.

    All the best,


  11. It's like magic isn't it? Whenever you're in a hurry, something totally unexpected will come along to slow you down. I begin to suspect we are all central characters in our own, personal, Truman Show.

  12. Archduke Piccolo,

    You are spot on. Life is like that all the time. For example, when you are late you hit a red at every traffic light you come to … but when you have all the time in the world the lights are always green.

    All the best,


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